Go foraging on a Dorset break

  • Category: Family Fun
  • Date: Monday, 01 January 0001

What better way to enjoy yourself during a stay at a luxury Dorset hotel than on a truffle hunting course?

Searching for these rare delicacies is just one of many fascinating foraging courses you can take during a stay in the West Country, which will get you out into the wonderful countryside, as well as teach you new skills that you can take home with you after your stay. 

If sniffing out edible fungi (well, following specially trained dogs who do the smelling for you) takes your fancy, the English Truffle Company runs monthly Truffle Hunting Experience Days at secret locations in the Dorset woodland that make for a great day out. 

The event starts with an introductory talk on truffles, before a pub lunch and two hours of truffle hunting, and then rounded off with an afternoon tea featuring, of course, some truffle sampling. 

Tickets cost £125 per person and book up well in advance, so register your interest today to ensure you get a place on the next available tour. 

Don't despair, however, if this popular course is fully booked for the dates you are in Dorset, as there are plenty of other foraging events taking place over the coming months that you can join in with. 

Wild Forage runs a number of tours in Dorset, including foraging for shellfish and seaweed during a two to three-hour coastal walk on October 5th and searching for coastal beach meadow plants in West Dorset on October 13th. Both events cost £35 and can be booked online. 

The Summer Lodge Hotel places a similarly high emphasis on sourcing quality food and, if you book the 'Best of British' package before Christmas Eve this year, you can enjoy a full English breakfast each morning, a three-course meal, afternoon tea and a 'Best of English' cocktail on arrival. You'll also take home a copy of 'A Life in Food' by Red Carnation's founder Bea Tollman to round off a perfect foodie weekend.